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LinkedIn scam account impersonates UI President Bruce Harreld

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LinkedIn scam account impersonates UI President Bruce Harreld

UI President J. Bruce Harreld speaks in an interview with The Daily Iowan after the state Board of Regents meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018.

UI President J. Bruce Harreld speaks in an interview with The Daily Iowan after the state Board of Regents meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Lily Smith

UI President J. Bruce Harreld speaks in an interview with The Daily Iowan after the state Board of Regents meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Lily Smith

Lily Smith

UI President J. Bruce Harreld speaks in an interview with The Daily Iowan after the state Board of Regents meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Marissa Payne, Managing Editor

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The University of Iowa president requesting to connect with an Iowa State University graduate on LinkedIn — it just didn’t add up.

An account impersonated UI President Bruce Harreld on the networking website, asking at least one person to purchase iTunes gift cards and requesting bank-account information to reimburse them.  The account has since been shut down.

ISU graduate John Batchelor took screenshots of the account’s attempts to request money from him and messaged the account to say he had notified Harreld of the impostor account. The account delivered a response with grammatical errors, “Ok suit yourself and if you have forgotten am the President.”

Batchelor then emailed Harreld on Sunday seeking to verify the account. In an email, Harreld thanked Batchelor for notifying him and said, “This is clearly an impostor.”

Before the account was shutdown, Batchelor’s screenshots showed the account had at least 26 connections, but the Associated Press reported the UI is not aware of anyone falling for the scam.

View Batchelor’s correspondence with the scam account in full here

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